• Spc. John Dowler, saxophone; Spc. Jalil Akbar, tuba; Sgt. Danny Mesa, trombone; and Spc. Robert Gorbet, trombone, give it their all during one of The Army Ground Forces Band's Brass Brigade public performances.

    Army's Brass Brigade rocks California

    Spc. John Dowler, saxophone; Spc. Jalil Akbar, tuba; Sgt. Danny Mesa, trombone; and Spc. Robert Gorbet, trombone, give it their all during one of The Army Ground Forces Band's Brass Brigade public performances.

  • The Army Ground Forces Band's Brass Brigade livens things up at the NASCAR Daytona 500.

    Army's Brass Brigade rocks California

    The Army Ground Forces Band's Brass Brigade livens things up at the NASCAR Daytona 500.

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. (March 2012) The Army Ground Forces Band's Brass Brigade:  Kneeling (l"r):  Staff Sgt. Curtis Ritchie, percussion; and Spc. John Dowler, saxophone.  Standing (l"r):  Master Sgt. Ryan Pringle, trumpet & vocals; Sgt. Danny Mesa, trombone; Staff Sgt. Matthew Tanner, saxophone & vocals; Spc. Robert Gorbet, trombone; Sgt. Joshua Price, trumpet; Spc. Megan Van Oudenaren, keyboard & vocals; and Spc. Jalil Akbar, tuba.

    Army's Brass Brigade rocks California

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (March 2012) The Army Ground Forces Band's Brass Brigade: Kneeling (l"r): Staff Sgt. Curtis Ritchie, percussion; and Spc. John Dowler, saxophone. Standing (l"r): Master Sgt. Ryan Pringle, trumpet & vocals; Sgt. Danny Mesa...

  • Spc. Megan Van Oudenaren, vocalist and keyboard player for The Army Ground Forces Band's Brass Brigade.

    Army's Brass Brigade rocks California

    Spc. Megan Van Oudenaren, vocalist and keyboard player for The Army Ground Forces Band's Brass Brigade.

  • Master Sgt. Ryan Pringle, vocalist and trumpeter with The Army Ground Forces Band's Brass Brigade.

    Army's Brass Brigade rocks California

    Master Sgt. Ryan Pringle, vocalist and trumpeter with The Army Ground Forces Band's Brass Brigade.

  • The Army Ground Forces Band was organized in 1845. A year later it saw duty in the Mexican War, where it distinguished itself in combat by capturing an artillery battery and turning it against the enemy. The band's lineage includes service in the Civil War, the War with Spain, the Philippine Insurrection and World Wars I and II. Today, the band plays ceremonial music for military functions and carries out a critical community outreach mission for its parent unit, U.S. Army Forces Command, the Army's largest command.

    Army's Brass Brigade rocks California

    The Army Ground Forces Band was organized in 1845. A year later it saw duty in the Mexican War, where it distinguished itself in combat by capturing an artillery battery and turning it against the enemy. The band's lineage includes service in the Civil...

FORT BRAGG, N.C. The Soldier-musicians of The Army Ground Forces Band's Brass Brigade are on a tour in southern California.

The Brass Brigade is a progressive musical group that performs contemporary and classic popular music. From Journey to Kanye West, this group blends a high energy brass band style with an up-tempo rock groove.

Constantly on the go with a full performance schedule, including five NASCAR races across the country in the past year, this group entertains at full tilt and always leaves the crowd wanting more.

To view a brief compilation of songs from several performances, see their video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_69MWcARLeU.

The Brass Brigade's California tour schedule is as follows:

Thursday, March 22: Loara High School, Anaheim: 12:15 p.m.
Friday, March 23: USS Midway, San Diego: 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 24: Downtown Disney, Anaheim, two performances: 6 & 7:15 p.m.
Monday, March 26: California State University at Northridge: Noon
Tuesday, March 27: Katella High School, Anaheim: 11:50 a.m.

The Army Ground Forces Band and its various ensembles travel the nation, performing at local, regional and national events. They also conduct master classes and clinics for music students at schools and colleges throughout the country.

The 64 Soldiers assigned to The Army Ground Forces Band have passed highly selective auditions and are among the finest musicians in the Army Band Program. The majority of the band's members have studied music at some of the finest universities and conservatories.

The band's parent unit, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), is the Army's largest command. It prepares conventional forces to provide a sustained flow of trained and ready land power to Combatant Commanders in defense of the Nation at home and abroad.

For more on The Army Ground Force Band, see www.forscom.army.mil/band.

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